Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Summary of All Things Legion - Part III: Historic Sites

There are several sites that can be visited to learn more about the Legion of the United States and the short period in which they were in existence.  These range from simple roadside parks to a national battlefield.  The list below includes most of what the U.S. Army calls the Miami Campaign, so these sites cover roughly the period of 1790-95.

There are several other locations that may have a simple roadside marker, but those are so numerous as to be overwhelming.  These sites are worthy of a stop 

Tennessee

Tellico Blockhouse - ruins of a blockhouse that was manned by a detachment of Wayne's army.  Part of the Fort Loudoun State Park, and within sight of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Pennsylvania

Legionville - site of Wayne's camp during the winter of 1792-93.

St. Clair Cemetery - resting place of Arthur St. Clair

Wayne Blockhouse - first resting place of Anthony Wayne

Ohio

Butler County Soldiers, Sailors, and Pioneers Monument - site of Fort Hamilton.  Not only is the monument impressive, but there are numerous related markers in the immediate vicinity.

Big Bottom Memorial Park - Site of a "massacre" in 1791.

Fort St. Clair Park - Located in Eaton, this beautiful site has several historical markers covering a wide period of history.

Fort Jefferson Memorial Park - One of two forts built during St. Clair's ill-fated 1791 campaign, this quiet roadside park six miles from Greenville is one of my favorite places to just relax and ponder.  Several plaques donate areas that were important to the fort, and there are other markers that give the story of Fort Jefferson.

Garst Museum - located in Greenville, this museum covers a vast amount of local history, including Lowell Thomas and Annie Oakley, along with a room dedicated to Fort Greene Ville and the Indian Wars.

Fort Recovery State Museum - located where two battles took place (Battle of the Wabash and the Battle of Fort Recovery) the area is steeped in frontier history.  From the iconic monument a couple of blocks from the museum, to the two blockhouses, there is a lot to see.  The displays in the museum are very good.  Also has a shop with a good selection of related books (bring cash as the museum does not accept credit cards).

Old Fort Defiance Park - located at the confluence of the Auglaize and Maumee Rivers, this park has an excellent view, several markers, and is close to several other historic areas (Fort Winchester, Pontiac's birthplace, Johnny Appleseed).

Fallen Timbers Battlefield Memorial Park - Incorrectly located for the battle of Fallen Timbers, this is still a part of the general battlefield area and has several markers and monuments to read, and provides a nice view of the Maumee River.

Fallen Timbers National Historic Site - A newer unit of the National Park Service, this location is more correctly placed for the Battle of Fallen Timbers.  Interpretive trails and a new visitor's center enhance your visit.

Fort Miamis National Historic Site - Built by the British on American soil, it was here that the redcoats shut the doors on the Indians as they fled from Fallen Timbers.

If you are looking for a guide to take you to these and other period related sites, my company, Walking With History LLC, can arrange a tour for you.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Gettysburg Soldiers - Mods for 1794

Note: You will need a copy of the Gettysburg Soldiers rules to understand my masterpiece that follows. 

Modifications for 1794 (Battle of Fallen Timbers)

1. Terrain Features – Add in OPEN WOODS.
2. Units of Battle – INFANTRY Battalions, CAVALRY squadrons, ARTILLERY sections, and LEADERS
3. INFANTRY Battalion.
4. remove DISMOUNTED
5. No MOUNT or DISMOUNT
6. no change
7. no change
8. no change
9. no change
10. no change
11. no change
12. no change
13. no change
14. no change
15. LEADERS 
16. no change
17. add open woods (movement is 6 inches)
18. no change
19. Wheeled vehicles may move through open woods.
20. no change
21. add Open Woods 6”
22. Infantry – Ranges are now 6” and 3” (Close Range). Add King’s Howitzers at 24” and 12” (Close Range)
23. INFANTRY MAXIMUM RANGE OF FIRE is 6 inches, and CLOSE RANGE within 3 inches gets increased effectiveness
24. Cavalry may not fire
25. Add KING’S HOWITZERS MAXIMUM RANGE OF FIRE is 24 inches, and CLOSE RANGE within 12” gets increased effectiveness
26. remove cavalry
27. remove cavalry
28. no change
29. no change
30. remove cavalry
31. no change
32. remove cavalry
33. no change
34. Leader instead of General
35. no change
36. change to single battalion of infantry and remove cavalry
37. no change
38. change general to leader, remove cavalry, remove rifled cannon fire, add King’s Howitzers fire at close range +1
39. no change
40. change general to leader, remove Rebs attacking. Add Indians attacking +2
41. no change
42. no change
43. no change
44. no change
45. no change
46. change general to leader
47. no change
48. no change
49. no change
50. change general to leader
51. no change (open woods still counts as -1)
52. remove cavalry
53. no change
54. no change
55. no longer applicable
56. no longer applicable
57. no longer applicable
58. add King’s Howitzers at close range +1
59. no change
60. no change
61. change general to leader
62. change general to leader
63. change general to leader
64. no change
65. change general to leader
66. no change
67. no change
68. change to Indians attacking +2
69. no change
70. no change
71. no change, add open woods -1
72. no change
73. no change
74. no change
75. change general to leader
76. no change
77. change general to leader
78. no change
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81. add four inch depth into open woods conceal troops.  All skirmishers may disappear in woods.
82. no change
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84. no change
85. no change
86. change to ghost markers MAY move at the infantry rate (based on terrain restrictions)
87. no change
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89. no change
90. no change
91. no change
92. no change
93. Infantry are mounted on a ¾” wide by 1” deep stand, with four figures (two in first rank and two in rear rank). Cavalry are mounted on a 1” wide by 1” deep stand, with two figures. No need for dismounted cavalry figures. Scales have not changed…one stand is still 50 men and one inch is still 25 yards.
94. change batteries to sections, remove rifled and add King’s Howitzer. Each stand represents two guns.
95. change generals to leaders
96. no change
97. no change
98. no change
99. no change
100. no longer applicable

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sword and Sabre - Stellar Service!

I was in the market for something different for the Napoleonic period, and was taking a hard look at the Swedish-Russian War of 1808 as a possibility.  Sword and Sabre has produced two booklets that have many scenarios for this war.  I wrote to them directly as their pricing structure was, to be honest, more economical than ordering from On Military Matters, my usual go to source for all wars obscure, and I wanted to make certain I had my conversion rates calculated correctly.  So, I ordered the two scenario booklets directly from Lars Rössle in Sweden, and the two booklets together turned out to be just a bit more than buying one booklet from OMM ($35.00 direct (including shipping) from Sweden for two booklets as opposed to $26.00 for one booklet from OMM in the United States).  Call it a quirk of the current value of the dollar!  Ordering was simple...I emailed Lars, told him what I wanted, and he sent me a PayPal invoice.  The whole transaction took just over a week, from my initial email, to payment, to receiving the books in the U.S.  I would say that is pretty top notch service!

Each book has several scenarios which include tabletop maps and orders of battle (at 1:20 figure to man ratio) and a bit about the battle itself.  The scenarios range from very small (just a few units on each side, perfect for short one on one games) to those with a few brigade equivalents for each side (which would make ideal multi-player games).

I am very happy to have bought these booklets, and to have received such excellent service from Sword and Sabre.  Their website has other supporting material, including a detailed accounting of Swedish uniforms.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Project - Flags

Back to the initial reason for this blog, the Mexican-American War!

The sole Battle Flag Mexican offering
Flags?  Yes, a post on flags.  Particularly 18mm flags suitable for the units that fought at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma.  In my various searches on The Miniatures Page and Google, I have come across a couple of companies that are making flags in a specific 18mm size, Battle Flag and The Virtual Armchair General (TVAG).  I am impressed with both companies for different reasons.  The Battle Flag offerings look fantastic but they have a limited amount of flags that they are producing for the Mexican-American War.  TVAG offers an impressive six sets of flags, with each sheet having numerous flags.  These flags are not as realistic looking as the Battle Flags ones, and each sheet runs $15.00, but there are flags for nearly everything I need, including dragoons and the red-legged infantry (the artillery battalion that fought on foot).  But, to get that red-legged offering, I have to spend $15.00 and waste the rest of the sheet.  I can buy all the flag sheets from TVAG for $60.00, but I do not think I would use 10%.

TVAG US regular infantry flags
I could mix the two companies together, but that means having some really great looking flags mixed with some decent ones, so the quality would not be consistent across the tabletop.  I could also go with 15mm as there are several more companies, in addition to Battle Flag and TVAG, that cover the MexAm War in 15mm, but those overgrown but oh so lovely Eureka Miniatures I have may overshadow the smaller flags.

So, I do have some decisions to be made.  Use two companies together, go with battle Flags and hope they release more flags in the future, pay for a lot of flags I do not need with TVAG that have a lesser quality, or try to fill and al all gaps by using 15mm.  I would be interested in hearing what others gaming with the Eureka Miniatures wound up doing for their flags.

New Thoroughbred 1/1200 ACW Naval Releases!

I just came across this on The Miniatures Page, and I am stoked!  I will be certainly picking up a CSS Arkansas and a USS Neosho to go against my USS Cairo classes I have already purchased!  All of these look great, but I am trying to focus on brown water operations.

Toby is also running a deal with 10% off of orders greater than $50.00 and 15% off orders greater than $100.00.

Pictures from Thoroughbred

left to right - CSS Virginia, USS Canonicus, CSS Arkansas

left to right - CSS Richmond, USS Neosho, CSS Neuse

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